In April, I decided I wanted to move away from processed foods and towards whole foods.
My obstacles are that I am not home a lot. I get hungry waiting for my dinner meal to be made, and then end up snacking, so I’m not hungry when I eat dinner, but eat anyway. I probably need to eat a snack around 4pm to prevent that problem.
My typical eating day looks like this (back in April):
8am Breakfast: McDonalds: Diet Coke, bacon, cheese, & butter on a white bagel. I’ve been trying to substitute that with an Amy’s sausage, half a wheat bagel & muenster cheese.
12:30 Lunch: frozen dinner (like Stouffers) and yogurt.
5:00 frozen dinner or fast food and something else
later on???? grazing. Sometimes a single serving of ice cream.
*I’ve been adding SOME fresh fruits and vegetables to my lunch and dinner. Not tons.
I really like how in the past how my dietician focused on food groups, as opposed to calories. That really helps as I’m not really into diet mentality.
My goal for meeting with the RD was to have her help me come up with some ideas for a flexible meal plan/ideas that don’t require a lot of preparation/cooking.
I just met with a dietician about this. Her definition and my definition were very different. Hers was Vegan. My friend’s definition (who had also recently seen her) was Paleo. Mine was less ingredients.
She told me Diet Coke was not a good idea. WATER
The dietician asked me where are my snacks?? BUSTED. I’m not really into formalized snacking. I like to graze. She suggested dried fruit with yogurt and nuts. Possibly, cheese.
She knows of my love for sandwiches and recommended a 7-12 grain whole wheat bread. If I HAD to have white bread, she recommended Healthy Beginnings.
Yogurt: Chobani was her first choice. She said it was a meal in itself. Light ‘n Fit is full of chemicals. Activia can be helpful if you have digestive issues.
The dietician said before I leave for work at 4pm, I needed to have a snack. (Otherwise I end up starving when I get home!) She recommended any of the following: a bag of whole wheat cereal, trail mix, a Kind bar with milk or yogurt, cottage cheese with veggies, or an apple with 2 tbsp of peanut butter.
Basically, she told me I have got to start cooking. I could have sandwiches or left overs for lunch and start concentrating on cooking at dinner time 3-5x a week. She recommended that I have consistent meals at designated times.
Easy meals such as spaghetti squash would be great for adding veggies. She was very into me pursuing roasting vegetables with a variety of spices. Her favorite combo included: cauliflower, butter, & garlic. She also recommended ground turkey tacos! (I confessed an adoration for crunchy tacos from Taco Bell.)
Finally, she recommended that I buy chicken breast already prepared from the deli.
Admittedly, I was overwhelmed with all of this info, but the last recommendation was what I took to heart. Stay tuned for what happened next…..
Have you ever been to a dietician? Was it a positive experience?